February 22nd, 2010
11:37 AM ET
4 years ago

Romney: November still a long way off

Mitt Romney says conservatives shouldn’t be ‘counting (their) chickens before they hatch.'
Mitt Romney says conservatives shouldn’t be ‘counting (their) chickens before they hatch.'

Washington (CNN) - Conservatives are jubilant about their prospects for this fall's midterm elections, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney - fresh off a rousing performance at the Conservative Political Action Conference - is urging them to temper that optimism.

"If the election were held today, I would anticipate Democrats would lose office and so would the president, but a week is a lifetime in politics," Romney told USA Today in an interview after his CPAC speech last Thursday. Video of the sit-down was posted on Monday.

"By November, things could be very different," said the Republican, who is plotting a second White House run in 2012. "We conservatives can't start counting our chickens before they hatch. We got a long way to go before November. And 2012? My goodness."

"A year ago a lot of people thought President Obama was going to be a three-term president like FDR, and now he's going downhill faster than Lindsey Vonn," he joked, name-dropping the Olympic gold-medalist skier.


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Eunice Ervin

    Yea right Mitt. Don't count you chickens before they hatch. POTUS
    will be a two term president.

    February 22, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Deb (Long Island)

    The Republicans are just too smug right now. President Obama will get tougher and he will stand up to the Republicans. We will get reforms and legislations passed and this President will in fact be a two term President. Sorry Mr. "I fully agree with torture and waterboarding" Cheney. You are not a prophet. A torturer yes but definitely not a prophet.

    February 22, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Mittens is still an empty suit in a $5000 suit.

    February 22, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Prospering Pete

    As of now, Ron Paul is the ONLY potential candidate that represents real change and fiscal responsibility. You want the same policies that brought us to where we are now? By all means, believe their lies and vote for the rhinos.

    February 22, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Mitt Romney doesn't have a clue. He is too busy starting fist fights on airplanes and hiring illegal aliens to work on his mansion, while claiming he opposes illegal aliens working in America.

    February 22, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. james

    Romney, the mormon cult member needs to go away! America will never be ready for a man that beliieves in Multipul wifes in the next life..or that he will be God of his own worl.

    Romney lied during his run for Gov. of MA saying he was a Resident....whey then did him and his wife go running off to Utah for Medical treatment? Instead of staying in his home state where there are thousands of great Drs' they ran off to his home UTAH.

    Mittens blains Unions for everything. He blames the working class for everything. he is a man that has NEVER EVER wanted to needed for a thing!

    February 22, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Julie

    "A year ago a lot of people thought President Obama was going to be a three-term president like FDR, and now he's going downhill faster than Lindsey Vonn," he joked, name-dropping the Olympic gold-medalist skier".

    Romney is a pompus joke, who believes his sons helping him get elected is "serving" their country.
    We could not stand him in Mass and we will never tolerate his "holy than are thou" attitude as president.

    February 22, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. GuestWho

    Yet another politician who is more focused on which side will "win", rather than actually solving our nation's problems. I don't care if the country is governed by D's or R's, I care that our country is governed by intelligent, fair-minded ADULTS who genuinely try to work for the will of the people.

    More and more, I find that this type of politician is rare in either party. Sad.

    February 22, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. russell

    Romney you'll never be president , see this is what Americans are talking about , republican politicians that bash Obama on everything from complaining against the stimulus to going to the bathroom , but yet when no one's looking they are secretly calling Obama and asking for money for their home state . The economy is turning around , and a lot of republicans know it , need facts look it up , our GDP is up by 6 % , home sales are up , employment is still lagging but eventually it'll get going , I geuss these republicans are gonna try and take credit for everything else when this country will start to prosper again , and people need to realize who help and who stood on the sidelines yelling NO to everything !

    February 22, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Golden State Girl

    The only joke is you Romney.

    You actually think that given your religion (Mormon) you could actually be elected by the very part you represent (Republicans: un-yielding Christian fanatics like Palin).

    Good luck. Stick to running a business.

    February 22, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Independent One

    Yes it is and so is 2012

    February 22, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. David

    I do agree with what he is saying but I cannot bring myself to support these neo-cons that have hijacked the GOP.

    February 22, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    He says all these crazy things with a straight face? Guess too much hair spray stuck to his face instead of his hair.

    Glue your mouth shut and go to your wives and homes.

    February 22, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. TM

    Hey Willard, just few facts to rememeber before you decide to shoot your mouth off again:
    1. Obama CAN'T be a 3-term president. See, we have this thing called a CONSTITUTION which LIMITS presidents to TWO terms. Try reading it sometime
    2. Yes Vonn went downhill fast, and guess what? She also ended up WINNING! try and pick a better analogy if you're trying to take a cheap shot.

    February 22, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Bill

    "Plotting". "Name-dropping". Nice objective reporting, CNN. Shoot, I once thought of you as a news station. Guess I was mistaken.

    February 22, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Michael from Ventura

    Tell ya what Mitt, see ya in 2012 and the results will be the same as 2008. You obstructionists will have to pay for your action. Wanting President Obama to fail is your agenda and to hell with the country. That's why you will lose AGAIN.

    February 22, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Publico

    Mittsy, good call on the GOP's inability to comprehend that America's dissatisfaction is more with the GOP's failure to act responsibly in Congress. Can't wait to hear the excuses in November when the roof falls in on them. And Mittsy, if the people didn't want you in 2008, why would you think that they have changed their minds?

    February 22, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. T

    FDR was elected to 4 terms, not 3. FTFY

    February 22, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Hows that nonunion made Toyota workin for ya?

    You just wish he was Mitt,truth is your going down faster than a Toyota.

    February 22, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Micah

    Frankly, Mitt, your lies are getting boring. The truth is that Obama's numbers are HIGHER than during FDR's second year in office, HIGHER than Clinton's at this time, and HIGHER than your precious Reagan's were in year two, when unemployment was HIGHER than now. By the way, Reagan did not debt-building than any modern President, so it makes total sense to Republicans to quote him constantly. They want a return to economics that didn't work, a taxation policy that built debt, and a war economy. Too bad for them that the majority of Americans are more interested in policy that works for THEM, not the Republican liars. 2010 will be a bloodbath, all right...we are going to bury the Republicans.

    February 22, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Steph

    If the republicans actually did something to move this country forward, they may get more support. Romney, Palin, and Huckabee don't have a job to share between the three of them. What exactly do they do all day????

    They're all just upset 'cause Ron Paul won the straw poll, and they're not the darlings of the right wing nuts anymore.

    February 22, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Jane/Seattle

    This guy is a Smooth-Talking, Cool-Headed, Dangerous Predatory Capitalist! If given the Presidency EVER, it would be a big mistake! In my book right now he is at the head of the R pack, but he would be one dangerous choice were he to ever ascend to the Front for long and up to November.

    February 22, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Mitt Romney the civics professor

    Mitt, in case you don't know, the president is term-limited at 2. (sigh)

    February 22, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. mark

    Romney/Palin 2012!!!!!

    February 22, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If I were a member of the "Tea Party" I'd make the Republicans beg for my support because they are taking these people for granted and misleading them to believe they are one in the same.

    February 22, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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